Summer is a great time to change up learning materials, even if your home education happens all year round. Read below for five options that you can use with your family for engaging material to supplement or add to your formal learning time.

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Towers of Light Christian Resources

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Through fifteen years of service in children’s ministry and his local homeschool community, Allen Brokken recognized a pattern of children with a technical mindset checking out during these programs. Both the messages and the delivery failed to connect with kids who learned best with their hands.

Now that his children are off to college, he’s developed a multi-media homeschool curriculum, including award-winning fantasy chapter books, workbooks, hands-on projects, audio players, and guidance for parents on how to better connect with their technically oriented children. These resources are great as an addition to your existing language arts plan or to provide fun activities on a long road trip or family vacation.

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Homeschool Review Crew says, “The Tower of Light series has everything you could want in a good book series, from fantasy and adventure to good Christian values all rolled into one.”

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Jumpstart your child's vocabulary with an open-and-go, self-paced computer-based program, unlocking meanings of over 50,000 words.

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National Outdoor Leadership School

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Explore the wilderness and expand your horizons!

Are you a homeschooler seeking an unforgettable adventure? Look only as far as NOLS’s National Outdoor Leadership Course in Wyoming. Join us on a life-changing two-week backpacking experience that will leave you inspired and equipped with invaluable skills.

Picture this: majestic mountains, serene lakes, and boundless opportunities for self-discovery. Our Wyoming backpacking course is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in nature’s wonders while honing your leadership abilities. With NOLS, you’ll go beyond the traditional classroom and experience real-world learning like never before.

Why choose a National Outdoor Leadership Course?

  1. Transformative Experiences: Discover your true potential as you navigate breathtaking landscapes, facing challenges head-on. Develop resilience, adaptability, and confidence that will stay with you forever.
  2. Leadership Skills: Whether you dream of leading a team or simply wish to become a more effective communicator, our course will equip you with the skills necessary to excel in any setting. Learn to make crucial decisions, collaborate, and inspire others.
  3. Outdoor Expertise: Gain hands-on knowledge from our experienced instructors who are passionate about sharing their expertise. From navigation and wilderness skills to Leave No Trace principles, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the great outdoors.
  4. Lifelong Friendships: Forge bonds with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds. Together, you’ll overcome obstacles, celebrate achievements, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Day 40 Games

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These unique board games are designed to be both educational and exciting. They are not knowledge-based. They are not the boring roll-a-die, take-a-turn, and then answer a question type of game. Rather, these Biblically based board games are both intense and interactive. They are thoroughly researched and team-play tested. As such, they have a high degree of replayability.

These games can help youth love the Bible and help make the Bible come alive for them. Would you rather your kids grow up playing Uno and Monopoly or Exodus and Apostles?  

Ideal for family games nights and as gifts. 

200 Fingers and Toes

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Author Amber J. Smith has a Summer Success Series for you. In it you will discover how to train your children to learn independently this summer, how to get them into the reading habit, and how to get organized so you can get your work done. 

You can end this summer with a sense of accomplishment and a list of finished projects.

School is out, the kids are home, and you NEED to get tasks done. Summer could be just the time to get it all done, but where do you start? The Summer Series gives you three tools to help you now.

Amber shares practical tips about how she uses electives in summer to lessen the workload in the school year and keep the kids learning. She shares how to create simple unit studies for informal summer learning that will keep your kids reading. Best of all, you will create a plan for goal setting and working WITH the kids at home this summer. 

At In Due Season Homeschool, Amber offers courses to learn all year long with a homeschool mom of ten with twenty years of experience. She speaks plainly about real homeschool life. You’ll use the practical tools she shares to help break down your current work and get it done, even with all the kids at home. 

Wouldn’t you like to end this summer feeling productive and ready for the school year? Check out the Summer Series of articles and plan your successful summer at

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